Today Tesla announced an over-the-air software update intended to keep Model S drivers from going beyond the limitations of their battery charge.
In short, this is the “end of range anxiety” that company CEO Elon Musk tweeted earlier this week that had speculators wondering if some more-far-out solution were lurking beneath the workings of the all-electric sedan.
As it is, software version 6.2 “will address perception of range anxiety” and “warn you if you are driving beyond the range of a charging station,” says Tesla. And it accounts for changes in weather and elevation that can cause real-world range to fluctuate.
Thus, it is a virtual security blanket, not something as novel as opening up the energy storage capacity of the cars to push real range beyond EPA limits, for example.
Also included is “valet mode,” which Tesla described as being bundled with the latest OTA update.
“Valet Mode conveniently and discreetly limits Model S’s driving performance and restricts access to certain settings and personal information. With the touch of a button, owners can place a limit on speed, lock the glove box and frunk, and disable personal information like driver profiles and homelink settings.“
“Today’s announcement of software update 6.2 introduces new features that expand the car’s intelligence which eliminate range anxiety entirely, enhance Model S’s active safety features, and bring Model S closer to having autonomous capabilities,” said Tesla.
A full press release can be found here.